Walk of the week: Pentland ramble

Length of route: 11 miles
Starting point: NT 232 630, parking and toilets available
Suitable for: Walking
Maps: OS Explorer Map 344 – Pentland Hills
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This is an 11 mile walk with a couple of short but strenuous climbs. I first did this walk 10 years ago when I met the foxy lady who is now my wife on the snowy top of Scald Law.

The walk starts at NT 232 630 at the Flotterstone, Pentland Rangers visitor centre. You will find toilets and parking at this grid reference. Follow the road to the right for 300m until you get to NT 229 631 and a track that goes off to the left. After 200m, follow the footpath over the bridge and to the right following the signs for Scald Law, the highest point on this walk at 579m.

Scald Law and East and West Kip

Scald Law and East and West Kip

Follow the path for 5km as it gains and loses height over Turnhouse hill, Carnethy Hill, Scald Law, East Kip and West Kip. At times this part of the route can get quite busy as you can get some great views over Edinburgh and the Lothians.

At NT174 603, after West Kip, you come to a crossroads: take the right hand turn and follow a rather muddy track for 1.5km until you get to Red Gate at NT 169 613. There is a footpath here that contours round the bottom of Hare Hill for 1.5km. Drop down into Green Cleugh and cross the stream to climb up a very steep incline to the top of Black Hill at NT 188 631. Head down Black hill for 1.5km towards White Cleugh Burn at NT202 637. Cross the burn and follow the track on the left hand side down the burn, walking through a gate until you emerge at the road at Logan Cottage. From here you follow the road for 4km back to the Visitor Centre.

On the way back

This is a great 11 mile ramble with great views over the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh. There is also a lovely pub called the Flotterstone Inn opposite the car park at the visitor centre. (NB: Remember drink drive limits are less in Scotland so the driver is advised to stick to a soft option).

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